Summary: This is a sermon for Missions Sunday
What is missions?
Who are missionaries?
Why do we send them?
A mission by definition is an assignment, a task, a calling or purpose
Specifically missions is the task of reaching the world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ
So who are missionaries?
These are specific men and women we choose as an association to perform this task
Locally nationally and internationally
The BMAA currently has
22 American International Missionaries
21 North American Missionaries
680 National Missionaries
197 support workers and
140 CIS Missionaries
These are the people we read about in the Gleaner
Who come and speak at churches
Showing slides and asking for money right?
They are people like John David Smith whom I recently met one of our missionaries to Cape Verde
People like John Ladd, a medical missionary in Mexico
Whom I roomed with his son at CBC
People like Charles Costa in Lebanon who is witnessing a tremendous growth of the Gospel in the Middle East
My cousin Wade Allen in the Philippines
And it is Jason Burns at work in Colorado
And even Todd West building a church right here in Maumelle AR.
And why do we send these brave people out?
Because this world is dying and going to Hell
The world’s population is currently over 6.6 billion
And most of those people have never heard the Gospel
So this is a large task to reach these people
But do you know who else is a missionary?
YOU AND I!
We have the same calling as all these missionaries
We read the same Bible, and each and every Bible includes the verses we read in Mark 16:15-20
A well known authority on missions once said
“Christianity is the only religion that is missionary”
This call has come down through the ages and is ours today
I. The Need
The need is summed up in one word “World”
“Go into all the world”
First we must go into the world of
A. Sinful self within
This is the devil’s nursery/garden
Where every evil in the world is germinated
And then transplanted by our actual deeds, our sinful deeds
This is where it all begins within our own hearts
Of course the first step in our mission is to get our heart right with God
You must be born again
The prerequisite of all things is a true salvation experience
How many false teachers do we read about in the scriptures
These workers for Satan going about spreading a false Gospel
Doing nothing but hurting the truth
And we still see this today
Those claiming Christ without the authority given to them by Him
There is no telling how many preachers you can find on TV or the internet claiming to have a call from God
But not the slightest idea of truth behind them
But even those true Christians must fight this battle of sin within
Are we going to live perfect lives? No, we can’t
But into this world of sinful self the power of Christ must come
We must strive to live a life honorable and holy before God
In order to be a powerful and profitable witness for Him
This leads us into the world of
B. Fashion and pleasures around
This world ministers to the lust of the eye
The lust of the flesh
And the pride of life
That world of custom and habit and godless living